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War of 1812 Muster in Greenfield Village
Special event concluding August 2012
War of 1812 Muster in Greenfield Village
The Porches & Parlors Historic District of Greenfield Village will come alive with citizen soldiers, craftsmen, merchants and a host of ladies and gentlemen all representing the era encompassing the War of 1812. These typical militia musters from the 1811-1815 periods became important occasions in the life of the Early Republic, and took place in almost every populated town and city across the nation, and its territories. These events frequently involved the entire community, and included trade, politics, and social events for men, women, and children of all ages.

The War of 1812 is somewhat of a forgotten war, but it was extremely important in the history of our country. The conflict was the first true test of the United States of America — not just on a military level, but in foreign affairs, domestic issues of commerce and trade, diplomacy, powers of the executive branch and much more. It tested the Constitution and all that was embodied in its democratic ideals of checks and balances and separate branches of government. The War of 1812 is also noteworthy for bringing the only major invasion of the United States.

The War of 1812 Muster in Greenfield Village will offer an up-close opportunity to learn more about these citizen soldiers of the local militias, the men who were considered the bulk-work of the nation’s defense rather than a small standing army during this crucial period of American history.

Click here to download the 2012 War of 1812 Muster program.

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All activities are free with Village admission.

MEMBERS free of charge
NON-MEMBER SENIORS age 62 & up, $22
ADULTS age 13-61, $24
YOUTH age 5-12, $17.50
CHILDREN 4 & under are free.

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

related event

FREE Premier – War of 1812 documentary, August 18. Anderson Theater in Henry Ford Museum 8pm (changed from 7pm). Click here for more information.

what to bring, what to wear
Greenfield Village is spread over dozens of acres-- comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are a must. A large portion of activities are held outdoors, rain or shine. Dressing for the weather is a must. Bring umbrellas / rain gear and prepare for a wide range of temperatures. Folding chairs are also recommended for those who cannot stand for long periods.

Wheelchairs are available for a small fee at the Village entrance. Electric scooters are also available for a fee, but only in limited supply. Wheelchairs and scooters are rented on a first come, first served basis-- plan to arrive early if you need to rent them. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or scooter, however, upright scooters (Segways) are not allowed on premises.

Children's wagons are also available to rent for a fee at the Village entrance. You are welcome to bring your own stroller or wagon, however, recreational scooters, bicycles or in-line / in-sole skates are not allowed inside the Village gates.

Bring a camera; photography is allowed in all areas of the Village.

The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
Metro Detroit often has major construction projects. Please check the following sites for the latest on construction areas and road closures.
Michigan Department of Transportation
AAA Traffic & Construction Report